Roe v. Wade remembered as historic state constitutional vote nears

NASHVILLE – Jan. 22 marked the 41st anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion-rights decision, but an historic vote in Tennessee later this year could wash away those protections.

Jan 30, 2014


NASHVILLE – Jan. 22 marked the 41st anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion-rights decision, but an historic vote in Tennessee later this year could wash away those protections.

Residents will go to the polls in November to vote on Amendment 1, which states that nothing in the Tennessee Constitution protects the right to abortion and gives local lawmakers more power over abortion laws.

Among those leading the efforts to "vote no" is Rebecca Terrell, executive director of Choices.

"This basically puts the decision back in the hands of those very politically motivated actors who are worried about re-election," she said, "rather than real, reproductive health care for women.”

Those who are calling for a "yes" vote on Amendment 1 say elected officials should be able to decide abortion policy and implement waiting periods, informed consent and other restrictions which were previously struck down by the Tennessee Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

Supporters of the amendment also cite their concern over the health of fetuses and their mothers. But Terrell said restrictions don't stop abortion; they just make it less safe and more difficult to access, especially for the most vulnerable women.

"For many women who have to manage child care, take off work, travel long, long distances in many cases to the nearest clinic – they're just increasing the financial burden on these women," she said, "so that ultimately it will become out of reach."

Meanwhile, as part of Wednesday's Roe v. Wade anniversary, screenings of the documentary, "After Tiller," were held in Nashville and Knoxville. The film mines the struggles of several close colleagues of Dr. George Tiller, who was murdered in 2009 by an anti-abortion extremist in Wichita, Kansas.

The text of Amendment 1 is online at



This article is pure abortion industry propaganda. The writer tries to insinuate that abortion will be outlawed with the passing of this amendment which is not true. It is entirely appropriate for our elected legislators to pass commonsense regulations around abortion. That is what we elect them to do. If we are displeased with their actions we have the remedy of voting them out of office. That is how it is to work. Instead four unelected judges decided for 6 million citizens that our state constitution written in the 1800's have a fundamental right to abortion and with that decision wiped out informed consent, waiting periods, mandatory inspection of abortion facilities, requirement that late term abortions be done in hospital settings. These were all laws voted into place by our elected bi partisan legislators and reflected the will of the people.
Even those favoring abortions should welcome regulations to protect the health and welfare of the women! Tell me how mandatory inspections of abortion facilities by our health dept. makes abortion less safe.
You must ask yourself why those who profit from abortion would fight all the way to the state supreme court to have commonsense regulations thrown out. The answer is pretty simple. Now our state is 5th in the nation for out of state abortions.

Vote Yes on One to return to the people the right to make laws. Our state constitution is neutral on the issue of abortion. Most people are shocked to find out the true facts.

I am disappointed that this paper would print such a one sided propaganda piece.


So, less government control of guns is good.
Less government control of the the enviornment is good.
Less oversight of corporations is good.
and MORE government control over women and their bodies is good.


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